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The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo: A Novel Paperback – September 25, 2012
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On Comic books, he was the co-creator and co-writer of Crimson for DC Comics (1999-2002); creator and writer of Alternation (Image Comics, 2003); and the only professional Mexican writer in a Superman title (DC Comics). He wrote the graphic novel Corre democracia, corre with the artist Micro and Un mexicano en cada hijo. Also, is the creator of the children's books Santa vs. los vampiros, and Niña Mar with the artist Tony Sandoval.
The author is living in Tehuacan, Puebla with a beautiful chef (his wife), a young anarquist (his daughter), and Brandy (his dog).
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In BITTER DRINK the recipes are for cocktails or campy alcoholic beverages imbibed in and around the movie production of John Huston's THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA. But in THE SECRET BOOK they are recipes of Mexican cookery from the private collection of Frida Kahlo, traditional recipes for food offerings on November 2, the Day of the Dead.
Frida's recipe collection is the "secret" notebook she calls "The Hierba Santa Book" and it is upon this book that Haghenbeck builds his fictional account of the life of Mexico's much loved cultural personality and wife of artist Diego Rivera, the painter Frida Kahlo.
Are these recipes really necessary? I think not. But they do add bulk to the book and for those cooks interested in preparing the traditional Mexican dishes for which the recipes are incorporated into the main body of the story, more practical adapted recipes are included at the end of the book.
The rest of the novel follows closely Frida's actual biography and it is strikingly rendered in a colorful, folkloric manner. Frida's life is examined through a complex prism which matches her complex personality. Those who are not familiar with Frida and her iconic art work will learn much about this passionate, visionary woman.Read more ›
The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo refers to a little black book that had been found after the artist's death, one that contained a collection of recipes left behind by the painter for offerings on the Day of the Dead. And it's through these recipes that author Haghenbeck pays homage to Frida Kahlo in this fictional account of her life, up to her death and beyond.
This reader had first encountered the author in his earlier book, Bitter Drink, a tale of homicide during a major film production that took place in Mexico. In that novel, he gave us a bit of "la ñapa," which in Spanish means a little something extra, as each chapter began with a bar drink, along with the recipe and a brief background behind each drink. In this book, the author uses a similar device by tying various recipes to Frida's life and beyond.
Frida's little black book was called "The Hierba Santa Book," and when it was discovered, it was promptly considered a prized treasure.Read more ›
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I already knew some of Frida's life. The recipes are interesting and worth trying out. In the end, I wanted to understand more about Diego.Published 11 months ago by KHaidet
This version is not a real diary of Frida... I found it like a fancy review of any other book of Frida K.
Great to read if you had nothing else to do.
She has always been my hero since we both have a lot in common. Excellent book and with recipes as well!Published 16 months ago by Fruits of the Spirit
Purchased for Christmas. My daughter is just a fan. Just wanted to add to what she already has. My daughter says Frida was an amazing ladyPublished on June 22, 2014 by Barbara Ann Meadows